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8/10/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most.
After a family cookout on the 4th of July, I started experiencing some lower abdominal pain. The pain worsened and Karen and I decided to go to the Floyd Memorial ER. Our concern was a problem with either my Gall Bladder or my Appendix. They ended up doing a lower scan; when the results came back there was a concern about masses in my abdominal cavity. They advised the masses could be cancerous and recommended a biopsy. I had a biopsy and the Pathologist confirmed it was cancer. The next step was to determine the orgin of the cancer. They performed an upper scoping and also a Colonoscopy. They located a tumor on my Appendix. Appendiceal Cancer is a rare form of cancer effecting about 1,000 people a year. A surgery called "debulking" is required where the tumor and other visible cancer is removed. This is followed by a heated chemo treatment called a HIPEC treatment. I will be having this surgery this Wednesday (8/10) in Louisville. We ask for your prayers and support during this time.